Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/31/2018 6:18 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Carson Horn on RON.

MarketLinksLet's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has a total of 229 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
October 31st sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

OKC West sold Calves on Tuesday 10/30 and according to the USDA Market News Reporter- Steer calves under 500 lbs that were weaned sold steady to firm, remainder of the cattle including heifers mostly 2.00-3.00 lower. For the full report- click or tap here.

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Tuesday, October 30th.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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   Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story: Secretary Perdue Interacting with Oklahoma Ag Leaders and Youth in Oklahoma City Today- Heads to Kansas Thursday

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue is cruising around the Oklahoma City- Norman area today- starting with a midday lunch at Cattlemen's with members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation- and leadership of several of the Ag Groups in the state. Also involved in that meeting will be Governor Mary Fallin and Ag Secretary Jim Reese.

That will be followed up by a quick road trip down to the NCED in Norman, where several USDA agencies are holding the Farm Production and Conservation Leadership Summit and where the Secretary will be offering a keynote address to those gathered. 

Then- the Secretary gets more road time back up to Stockyards City- the Secretary and Members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation will be touring the Oklahoma National Stockyards and interacting with FFA and 4-H youth this afternoon.

The Secretary will head north this evening- and will be on the Kansas State University Campus tomorrow morning, where he will be delivering the fall 2018 Landon Lecture. Secretary Perdue's speech, "Leave It Better Than You Found It: Lessons in Public Service I Learned on the Farm," will be at 10:30 AM in McCain Auditorium.

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One step forward and two steps back - that seems to be the path of the pecan industry at present. According to Dr. Charles Rohla of the Noble Research Institute, weather has been a major factor in the pecan industry this year and not a positive one. In Georgia and Alabama, approximately 750,000 trees have been downed costing the region probably half its total crop or more. Here in our neck of the woods, extended periods of rain and wet conditions have kept harvesters sidelined the first few weeks of harvest which Rohla tells us will have some significant impacts on the market this holiday season as it struggles to balance the height of pecan demand and the limiting effects of growing supply pressure.

In an interview on Monday, Rohla talked with me about how these factors could affect production potential over the course of the next decade or even longer. The good news, though, is that interest in growing pecans is on the rise. Rohla says he continues to get inquiries on a regular basis, with prospective planting ranging from five to five hundred acres.

To keep this momentum going, Rohla is working hard to find ways to encourage new and prospective growers to get involved. Currently, the research he is conducting is being done with the hope of developing earlier producing trees. Right now, a producer just starting out may have to wait ten to fifteen years before they are fully up and running in the pecan business. Rohla's research could potentially shorten that timeframe. Read more about this research and the state of the industry currently, or listen to Rohla and I talk it out, by clicking or tapping here.

For years, opioid addiction has quietly spread throughout rural America. The epidemic has finally come to light and leaders is Washington are now working with groups like the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union to take control of the issue. Yesterday, a step towards progress in this effort was taken by senior staff within the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and USDA's Rural Development Office. Together, these agencies unveiled a new listing of Federal programs that help rural communities address opioid misuse. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.

Developed by the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group, the guide Misuse is the second tool announced this month in USDA's Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox - a suite of essential tools supporting grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.

"Strong and healthy communities are a cornerstone for prosperity in rural America," said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. "Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to empowering rural leaders with tools to better leverage state, local and private resources with federal investment."

More than 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids since 2000. Learn more about this new tool and others released by the Administration's task force addressing the opioid epidemic in rural American, by clicking here.

Several indications in the marketplace have been pointing to better beef demand thus far here in 2018. For example, many US customers on the international market have bought record levels of total beef pounds and at a higher value. Domestically, the exact numbers are a bit harder to pin down but seem to be doing well also. The numbers in the latest Cold Storage report, according to Extension Economist with Kansas State University Glynn Tonsor, are very encouraging.

"On the beef side, numbers are up 1% from the prior month and up 3% from the prior year. That's not surprising given the production values we have going on," Tonsor said. "To me, the fact those aren't up five to ten percent is the relevant point. So, I'd say that's good - that's consistent with ongoing movement. I would summarize the beef numbers as an example that we are still moving product despite the fact that we're producing a lot. Indirectly, that's confirmation of a good demand situation."

Despite the positive numbers coming out in these reports - Tonsor says there may be reason for concern in other areas outside of the beef market. Tonsor suggests the stock market and the recent volatility that has been observed is significant, given the implications. Although he is not to the point of raising any alarms, Tonsor does say that it is worth keeping an eye on in the event that any more cause for concern is raised.

"There is a host of grey clouds on the horizon that have people concerned. Discussions about increasing interest rates and the full impact of tariffs on our economy. Those types of things are underscoring volatility in the stock market and some of the uncertainty we've seen in markets is worth noting," he said. "The 2008-2010 period - The Great Recession here in the US - was not a good period for meat demand and this week should give us some caution to think about that again."

Listen to Tonsor's full analysis of the beef demand situation and what factors could threaten it in the near future, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Five Hemp Cutting Ceremony will Celebrate State's First Industrial Hemp Crop Since WWII - You're Invited

Oklahoma farmers interested in hemp production are invited to attend a hemp cutting ceremony, hosted by Herb's Herbs in celebration of Oklahoma's first Industrial Hemp crop harvest since World War II.

Following the Agricultural Act of 2014 otherwise known as the 2014 Farm Bill, Oklahoma legislators passed House Bill 2913 earlier this year making it legal to grow industrial hemp in Oklahoma. Furthermore, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 is expected to pass later this year making industrial hemp legal to grow in all 50 states.

After the passing of House Bill 2913 earlier this year, Herb's Herbs partnered with Langston University as part of the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program and planted their first hemp crop. This will be their first industrial hemp harvest and possibly the first substantial hemp harvest in all of Oklahoma since government subsidies allowed hemp cultivation during WWII.

The event will take place Thursday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. and located at 1227 N Wentz Street, Guthrie, OK. Those planning on attending the event are asked to RSVP as soon as possible. For more information, 
click here.

Six Maintaining Body Condition Between Calving, Breeding Season Keeps Cows' Heat Cycles on Track

In this week's "Cow Calf Corner" newsletter OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk addresses the importance of maintaining cattle's body condition between calving and breeding season. According to him, "body condition score at calving is the single most important trait determining when a cow resumes heat cycles and therefore when she is likely to re-conceive for the next calf crop."

Selk says it is very important to avoid condition loss between calving and the breeding season to maintain excellent rebreeding performance. This appears to be most important to those cows that calve in the marginal condition score range of "4" or "5." Citing an OSU study on the issue, Selk explains that cows fed to maintain body condition from calving until the beginning of the breeding season average a 94% pregnancy rate, while those that calve in similar body condition but lose nearly one full condition score average only a 73% rebreed rate. He reiterates that when body condition is maintained throughout late pregnancy, through calving time and until rebreeding - a producer can achieve high rebreeding rates for their cattle.

Click here for more insights on this subject and review the study referred to by Selk in his article for this week.

Seven Learn How to Expand Your Agritourism Business at OSU's Upcoming Agritourism Field Day in Tuttle

Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension is partnering with other entities to host an educational field day geared toward those who are looking to expand their agribusinesses. Slated Nov. 14 at the Coal Creek Vineyard and Winery in Tuttle, Oklahoma, the free, one-day event is an educational opportunity for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. 

The day's agenda will include pertinent topics such as effective use of social media for advertising purposes, forming a diverse marketing portfolio, using the science of timing to succeed, business planning and logistics, and strategies for adding outdoor recreation and attractions. Participants also will tour the winery.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m., conclude at 4:30 p.m. and includes lunch sponsored by Oklahoma Agritourism. Those planning to attend the event are asked to pre-register. Click here for more information about the event or for instructions on how to register.

ArthurFamilyLove This Picture- Thanks Blayne for Sharing!

For so many reasons- one of my favorite people is Blayne Arthur- the current Executive Director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.  She is also a mom and this week- after the American Royal Beef Show in Kansas City- she is a REALLY Proud Mom.

Son Kelton Arthur showed the Supreme Junior Champion Female of the 2018 American Royal- Blayne shared some pictures with me- and shared a bunch on Facebook- and here is one of my favorites- Kelton sees the judge headed his direction as the final drive is done- and he is excited about what that slap means.

 Congrats to Kelton- and to Mom and Dad Blayne and Jerrod!
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditOklahoma Pork Council, the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

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